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Chytrid Fungus Deploys Varying Strategies to Infect Amphibians
The ability to activate different sets of genes has likely helped the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis spread widely in amphibians, resulting in global population declines. 
Chytrid Fungus Deploys Varying Strategies to Infect Amphibians
Chytrid Fungus Deploys Varying Strategies to Infect Amphibians

The ability to activate different sets of genes has likely helped the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis spread widely in amphibians, resulting in global population declines. 

The ability to activate different sets of genes has likely helped the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis spread widely in amphibians, resulting in global population declines. 

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Fernanda, a Fernandina giant tortoise (<em>Chelonoidis phantasticus</em>), was identified in 2019, decades after her species supposedly went extinct.
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Finding a creature in the wild that had been considered long gone brings hope—and quite a bit of uncertainty.
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Remembering Those We Lost in 2021
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Numerosity Around the Animal Kingdom
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Research in recent decades has explored how animals other than humans perceive different numbers of objects
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Lisa Winter | May 21, 2021 | 3 min read
Throughout his career, the University of California, Berkeley, herpetologist named 144 species of salamanders.
Amphibian Conservation Champion Phil Bishop Dies
Lisa Winter | Feb 4, 2021 | 2 min read
His career was dedicated to understanding and protecting frog populations.
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Researchers Fight a Devastating Amphibian Infection Using Heat
Jennifer Parker | Jan 13, 2020 | 5 min read
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Saving Mountain Chickens
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Eating Up the Food Chain
The Scientist Staff | Jan 13, 2020 | 1 min read
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Saving the Hellbender, a Giant Salamander Under Threat
Mary Bates | Sep 1, 2019 | 4 min read
Populations of the two-foot-long amphibians are declining across North America. Scientists are struggling to find out why, before it’s too late.
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Frog-Killing Chytrid Fungus Far Deadlier than Scientists Realized
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A survey reveals the disease has decimated populations in Central and South America and tropical Australia and contributed to the extinction of 90 species.
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A decade after chytridiomycosis killed scores of amphibians in Panama, some species are recovering. New research indicates why.  
Tadpoles Keep Eating Because They Don’t Feel Full
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A once critically endangered species of leaf frog has made a comeback. 
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